University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division



UCR Campus and Community


The UCR Carillon Tower

Photo credit: Larry McGrath

Founded as a research institution in 1907, Riverside is the oldest of the University of California's southern campuses. UCR combines the intellectual and material resources of the UC system with a uniquely intimate research environment, fostering a type of frequent and high-powered faculty/student contact unavailable at other universities. Graduate Students at UCR are an essential part of the University's distinguished research teams and full partners in the undergraduate teaching mission of the faculty.

Graduate degrees at UCR are research degrees, certifying that students are trained in the techniques of independent inquiry and have demonstrated the capacity to make unique contributions to their fields. Occupying a distinctive niche in disciplines ranging from chemistry to dance history, entomology to economics, UCR offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of doctor of philosophy, master of arts, master of science and master of business administration.

Enrollment at UCR is presently about 16,000, about 10 percent of whom are graduate students. As a result, most classes are relatively small, making possible a close interaction with faculty. The campus, with its modern classroom and office buildings, its beautiful University Commons, and its 161-foot Carillon Tower is designed to accommodate the academic and research programs that are part of its assigned mission as a general campus in the University system.

The 1200 acre Riverside campus of the University of California is conveniently located about 60 miles east of metropolitan Los Angeles, which in the past decade has grown to rival New York City in such varied cultural activities as art exhibitions, stage productions, dance, opera, classical music, and rock concerts. In addition, it is virtually equidistant from the recreational offerings of the desert, the mountains, and the Pacific Ocean beaches, all of which can be reached in about an hour's travel.

The city of Riverside, with the UCR campus on its eastern edge, is accessible by several main highways. The nearby Ontario International Airport has daily flights to many of the nation's major cities as well as connecting commuter flights to the Los Angeles International Airport.

The City of Riverside once known for its many citrus groves, palm- lined avenues, and wide array of subtropical shade trees, remains a pleasant oasis in the inland region of Southern California. Its "Mediterranean image" derives from the many examples of fine architecture in the California Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial styles that dot its landscape. One of the most famous of these landmarks is the Mission Inn, built between 1902 and 1932 by Frank A. Miller and his partner, Henry Huntington. This splendid old hotel---with its rich decor, fine dining, marvelous chapel, and other amenities ---continues to draw visitors and guests from around the world.

The Riverside County Courthouse designed by architect Franklin Pierce Burnham, and built in 1903 is a close copy of the 1900 Paris Exposition's Grand Palace of Fine Arts. The cornerstone was laid with great fanfare on May 7, 1903 purposely coinciding with a visit by campaigning Presidential candidate, Theodore Roosevelt.

This Beaux Artes structure is a frequent setting for television and cinema productions.

From Riverside it's only an hour's drive west to beautiful Southern California beaches where visitors enjoy sun, surf and sport nearly 12 months a year. Heading north are the San Bernardino mountains active with skiing and snowboarding resorts that promise fun six to seven months of the year. An hour's drive east is the beautiful resort city of Palm Springs.

Annual Events in Riverside

  • Black History Parade
  • Dickens Festival
  • Annual Mayor's Ball for the Arts
  • Renaissance Pleasure Faire
  • Temecula Balloon & Wine Festival
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Octoberfest
  • Mission Inn 5K/10K Run
  • Ramona Pageant

Riverside Photos

The Mission Inn, Riverside

The Mission Inn in Downtown Riverside

Historic Riverside County Courthouse

The Historic Riverside County Courthouse

Downtown Riverside at night

Downtown Riverside at Night (time-lapse photo)

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Graduate Division
University Office Building

Tel: (951) 827-4302
Fax: (951) 827-2238
E-mail: graddiv@ucr.edu

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